As I mentioned in an earlier post, I love organization. I am always reading new books on the subject and trying different things. I, by no means, consider myself an expert on the subject but I have lately found a few things that are really working for me.
One is, I have a dressing room. When the kids moved upstairs, their clothes (and shoes) stayed down stairs in what is now the nursery. I have outfitted the closet with a dresser and 3 hanging rods ( no it's not a big closet, it's actually pretty small, but this does work). And we have another larger dresser in the room along with a changing table, two cribs, and a loveseat. I can't tell you how much easier it is to not have to worry about clothes upstairs. Dirty clothes are rounded up and washed ( nothing "forgotten" under beds) and then put back away in just one room. I am LOVING it. I can find stuff now, and getting ready for church, or any outing, takes way less time than it used to. Oh yeah, and all the shoes go in a big laundry basket on the floor.
The other thing I have found that is really working, is a giant white board in the washroom. Someone gave it to me a month or so ago but I couldn't find a place to put it at first. It's not gorgeous and I didn't especially want it hanging in a really public place, but then I thought about the washroom and it works wonderfully. Now when I think of something (grocery item, to do list, don't forget ..whatever) I can run write it down. It doesn't get lost like my notebook, it stays right there on the wall. And one of the things I love most about it is I can write laundry notes on the board and then write "see board" on the lid of the washer. I use a dry erase marker and it wipes right off, but it's a great reminder if I need to check stains or hang something dry. Frees up alot of brain space.
That's what is working for me.